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Editorial: Thumbs Up and Down

12:56 PM, Nov. 16, 2012  |  Comments
Veteran Harold Kinziger receives a hug as members of the audience and the Waupaca High School Treble Clef Choir thanked veterans for their service at the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King during a celebration of Veterans Day on Sunday.
Veteran Harold Kinziger receives a hug as members of the audience and the Waupaca High School Treble Clef Choir thanked veterans for their service at the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King during a celebration of Veterans Day on Sunday.
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Thumbs up: To all those who were involved in organizing Veterans Day events.

While it's important to honor our veterans every day, the people who took the time to put on services and other events to commemorate the holiday deserve special acknowledgement.

It's appreciated by veterans - and by our whole community.

Thumbs down: To the secession petitions that have cropped up in all 50 states.

The White House says it has received petitions from citizens in each state that request their state be allowed to form their own sovereign government.

The petitioners are angry about President Barack Obama's re-election - and so angry that they want to take their state and go home.

We get a kick out of the ideas in two other petitions, as reported by the Los Angeles Times. One says that those who sign secession petitions should be stripped of their citizenship and deported. The other says that states should be allowed to leave the union - as long as they pay their share of the national debt before they go.

Thumbs down: To a group of state legislators, both current and just elected, who said they would vote for a bill that would have federal officials arrested if they try to implement the federal health care reform law.

In response to a survey by a tea-party-aligned organization called the Campaign for Liberty, the nine Republicans also said they would support a bill that would allow people to carry a gun without a permit, as well as several other measures.

Particularly unfortunate is that one of the nine is from the Fox Cities - Dave Murphy of Greenville, who was just elected to the 56th Assembly District seat.

They all come off looking silly - and they make our state look silly, too.

Thumbs down: To Mitt Romney, for his comments that Obama gave "gifts" like the health care reform law to minorities to win their vote and cost Romney the election.

In a conference call with donors, Romney said that Obama used positions such as health care reform and amnesty for the children of illegal immigrants to target African-American, Hispanic, young and women voters.

"In each case, they were very generous in what they gave those groups," Romney said, according to the New York Times.

That's just a ridiculous perspective, but shows how out of touch Romney may have been on those issues. It can be better argued that the only Americans not concerned about health care reform are those wealthy enough not to have to be concerned about it.

And it's a losing position for the GOP. Both Gov. Scott Walker and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, both Republicans, criticized Romney's comments.

What's your take on the Packers Family Night change?

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